Thursday, March 12, 2015

Iraqi minister concerned over demolition of third ancient site in northern Iraq by Islamic State jihadists

Hall of Winged Bulls, 8th century BC Assyrian, from Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad Photo: Alamy
IRAQ---Iraq's government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group. Adel Shirshab, the country's tourism and antiquities minister, told AP there are concerns the militants will remove artefacts and damage the site, located 9 miles northeast of Mosul. Saeed Mamuzini, a Kurdish official from Mosul, told AP that the militants had already begun demolishing the Khorsabad site on Sunday, citing multiple witnesses. [link]